Driving in the UK, Driving Licence and Car Insurance
Considering to ask your Au Pair or Nanny to help with the driving? Have you checked your car insurance?
See here for information regarding driving in the UK with a non-British driving licence, for European Nationals and also for those whose driving licence is issued outside of the EU.
Many of our families request a candidate who can drive. However, it is worth considering if there is another alternative. The cost of insuring a nanny, elderly carer companion or au pair, can be high, particularly if they are young or if they have been living abroad and are not familiar with driving in the UK. Some families find that it is cheaper to arrange for a taxi or Uber for the occasional journey. Those living in town can take public transport instead and maybe just opt for a taxi on the rainy days. On the other hand, candidate engaged with families in the countryside probably do need to drive. Not driving could lead to isolation and, subsequently, to other problems.
Some of our clients have found it cheaper in the long-run to purchase an additional car for their nanny / au pair to use rather than insure them on their main family car each year. Insuring drivers on a insurance ‘group 1’ car is significantly less costly.
Feel free to call us to discuss your situation and what might be best for you, we have a lot of experience and can help you reach the right decision.
It is vital that all people coming to the UK are aware of the major differences concerning roads and traffic rules in Britain. Most people are already aware that in the UK, as with a handful of other countries (not in Europe) we drive on the left. Once you are here, it becomes quite natural and people are more afraid of this than they need to be. The ‘Look Left’ or ‘Look Right’ signs at crossings can be very helpful in the beginning! Whether you are planning to drive in the UK or not, it is a good idea to read the British ‘Highway’ code. This way, you will have a better understanding of the signs you see here. They are very similar to other countries though! A copy of the Highway Code can be found here.
- If you plan on driving the UK after being a resident for 12 months, you may need to exchange your license. Use the helpful calculate on the government’s DVLA website for more information.
- Many countries have a different licensing systems than the UK, such as Australia or New Zealand. Check with the DVLA to make sure you can use your license in the UK.